A Rail Reminder: Dont Forget Shelby
Songs/8 by Shelby was released in July of 2001. Bandleader Kenny Cummings has fused his songwriting influences from many of the great ’70s power pop/proto-punk bands like Shoes, Big Star, Johnathan Richman and the Modern Lovers, Cheap Trick, Badfinger and early Todd Rundgren, and meshed them with an all-out, relentlessly pure sonic guitar and bass-driven assault. Think Sebadoh in mid-career (Bakesale, Bubbly & Scrape)without all of Lou Barlow’s whiney consternation and “psychosexual hassles”’ or the guitar virtuosity of Dean Wareham paired with Naomi Yang’s bass during the heady days of Galaxy 500. Cummings’s lyrics are warm and intelligently written. His guitar playing and singing deliver on every track. Phil Schuster’s bass playing has been favorably compared to distely. Fans of Stigmata a Go-Go should be familiar with the skill he applies to his bass, because of Schuster’s four-year stretch playing with them. Chad Wilson’s drumming is tight and his occasional vocals provide a good contrast to Cummings’ singing. Songs/8 is a lot like the sleek ’60s muscle car the band must have been named after: solidly made, proficient and with a V8 beneath the hood – in short, built for speed. Go to http://www.shelbynyc.com.
Chloë Bass: The PartsBy Phillip Griffith
JUL-AUG 2021 | ArtSeen
Chloë Basss The Parts, organized by the Brooklyn Public Librarys curator for visual art programming Cora Fisher outside the Central Branch in Grand Army Plaza and the Center for Brooklyn History in Brooklyn Heights, addresses both the isolation brought on by the pandemic and the trauma and exasperation of Black and brown Americans brought on by police killings.
TeufelskellerBy Andrey Henkin
MARCH 2023 | Music
When watching the trio on YouTube, the players really advertise their influences: leader/saxophonist Anton Ponomarev has the shaggy tresses of a seventies European free-jazzer; electric bassist Konstantin Korolev, tall, bald, and bearded, screams extreme metal; and drummer Andrey Kim, lanky and shirtless, recalls the glory days of eightiesnineties NYC hardcore.
Samantha Carrolls OeuvreBy S. David
MARCH 2023 | Film
Love Lizwhich premiered in September 2022 as part of the second installation of the exhibition Health Ensurancecenters around an aspiring pop star (played by Carroll) who travels to Los Angeles to meet a music producer with whom she has connected over Instagram.
Yevgenia Belorusetss War DiaryBy John Domini
FEB 2023 | Books
War Diary mounts an unrelenting assault on civilized comforts.